Friday, May 14, 2010

The Sign Said

"Meet here after the apocalypse"
and I could have sworn

that the wiry flailing arms beating a circle
of drums were those damn art-house kids,

but on closer inspection from
my seat in the library

I saw they were children––not kids
in the sense of our casual dismissals, or how

you will always refer to sons and daughters––
but children, who probably don't think

about the ninety-eight percent of species
that are extinct, or how the sound of a crash

doesn't send us running until we learn
to associate destruction with tragedy.

The sign had a party hat attached
to the corner, with tassels like fireworks,

which are really just beautiful explosions.



Prompt via: Bigtentpoetry.org

10 comments:

Cynthia Short said...

very contemplative work. Reading it felt as though I was seeing through your eyes at the scene described.

Derrick said...

Really enjoyed this, even if the subject matter gives pause for thought. Because I love rhyme, I especially like:
"but children, who probably don't think

about the ninety-eight percent of species
that are extinct"

nan said...

I liked this. I feel the curmudgeon in: "and I could have sworn that the wiry flailing arms beating a circle
of drums were those damn art-house kids."

brenda said...

The last three lines seal it. I'll read this one again. Thanks!

Deb said...

Luminous poem! Love the scene, the building of an idea, the incredible last line.

A poem to linger over.

Tumblewords: said...

Provocative piece, for sure. Love the sounds and images here.

caroleesherwood said...

i had a conversation yesterday with a friend about why we sometimes refuse to trust that sense of danger and your lines about associating the sound of a crash with destruction seems parallel. a great way to describe it!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Nathan, an excellent poem! One of the best I've read today. Doesn't say too much, but just enough.

briarcat said...

I like the party hat. Perhaps all endings should be celebrated as a matter of course.

briarcat said...

I like the party hat. Perhaps all endings should be celebrated as a matter of course.